My Happy Place Row Along The Great Outdoors

Hi everyone,

Today is finally my day to release my pattern for the My Happy Place Row Along. When Marian Pena from Seams To Be Sew announced this years row along, I had to take part. We all have our happy places, some of us even have more than one.

Thanks Marian, for hosting another brilliant Row Along.

I for one, have more than one happy place. It was hard to choose but I finally decided on The Great Outdoors.

I love a good campfire, overlooking the lake (or damn, as we call it here in South Africa) and the fantastic Drakensberg in the distance. I can just imagine myself being there, right now.

I machine stictched the applique pieces to the background.

And at the top, where the sky is, I decided to tie down that section, with some silver thread by hand. Inside all of the stars.

And the back of the quilt.

I added a hanging sleeve to the back, as this quilt has a place on my wall, just need to drill some holes.

The traditional quilters might raise the eyebrows to this, but because I work all day, I really don’t have time to hand sew a binding down. I would never get anything done. So all my bindings are machine stitched.

After trying several different styles if binding, I have decided I like the flanged binding best. It makes it look very neat and tidy. You just sew along the join in the seam and all done. There are many tutorials online on how to make the flanged binding.

You can download the row along pattern here.

We have some wonderful sponsors for this Row Along.

First is Northcott Fabrics has been a sponsor of this event for all three years this Row Along has been held. In the first row along and now in the third, they have provided up to a yard of fabric to the bloggers to use in their rows, this was the first part of their sponsorship this year.

The codes for these fabric choices are;

1/2 yard 39390-68 – Stonehenge – Joy to the world (used for the night sky)

1/4 yard 39302-95 – Stonehenge – Gradations Graphite (Used for the mountains)

1/4 yard 39304-66 – Stonehenge – Mystic Twilight (used for the water)

Now for the prizes,

Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate $25.00

Shipping Is Coupon Code Via Email
Value $25.00

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Electric Quilt Version 8

Shipping Is Coupon Code Via Email
Value $239.95

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What Else Can You See Today

The previous Designers on their days were:

Tuesday September 4, 2018

The Quilt Rambler
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cheryl LaPlante
Be A Quilter
Patti’s Patchwork

Thursday September 6, 2018

Pretty Piney
Ms P Designs USA
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Freemotion by the River
Any Pattern

Tuesday September 11, 2018

Barbara Dieges
Upstairs Hobby Room
Quilt Art
UlaSewing / SzycieUli

Thursday September 13, 2018

Pumpkin Patch BC
Sew Incredibly Crazy
A Quilting Chick
Patchwork Breeze

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Just Let Me Quilt
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilt Fabrication
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
Made By Marney

Thursday September 20, 2018

Clever Chameleon
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Songbird Designs/Brenda’s Blog
Powered By Quilting
Kissed Quilts
Happy Sewing Room
Sew Joy Creations

Thursday September 27, 2018

Daydreams of Quilts
The Quilted Snail

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Words & Stitches
True Blue Quilts
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Meanderings Along Lizard Creek

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Quilt In Piece
Jaded Spade Creations
Mountain Meadow Designs
Masterpiece Quilting
Pamela Quilts

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Show and Tell Day

Hosts to be announced.


Vanda Chittenden


  1. I love the way your your quilt captures the feeling of a campfire at night! The colors and design are awesome! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Love the outdoors! Your row is perfect.

  3. As a fellow South African I can just picture the majestic Drakensberg mountains from around a camp fire and braai (BBQ). Thank you for the awesome row you shared, Vanda. I love it.

  4. Like the outdoor campfire theme you have created.

  5. As a fellow South African I can just imagine looking at the majestic Drakensberg Mountains from a campfire, having a braai (BBQ). Thank you for the awesome row you are sharing with us, Vanda. I love it.

  6. I love it! Thanks for sharing and the great giveaways

  7. Thank you very much for the row you shared, it is beautiful

  8. Thank you for an awesome row.
    As a fellow South African, I can imagine the majestic Drakensberg in front of me, especially around the camp fire. Thanks

  9. Love your row. We camp and enjoy our evenings around a campfire.

  10. Oh so gorgeous! I love a good bonfire 🙂

  11. Love the row! Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. What an impressive row! Gorgeous!

  13. I love your happy place. Camping is one of my favourite activities also. Thanks for sharing

  14. What a perfect happy place!

  15. Reminds me of roasting marshmallows over the campfire. Thanks for sharing your row.

  16. What a perfect happy place!

  17. Cool binding. Thanks for your hard work.

  18. So many pieces and textures to enjoy in your row! I will be looking up a flanged binding tute because I love yours so much!

  19. Love your wall hanging. Thanks for the tips for flanged binding. I’m going to try this on my next project.

  20. Great row! I love the outdoors too, mountains and the ocean.

  21. Your flanged binding is so effective (and who cares how you finish the back!) I also love the way you did the sky.

  22. Beautiful! I love campfire nights and your row captures the mood well. Thank you.

  23. Your row is lovely! The flanged binding is a great touch.

  24. Cute quilt. I love flanged binding. Oops! I clicked the wrong button on Carol’s shop (EQ) and couldn’t get back to correct it. Also, Daydreams of Quilts (EQ) is a closed FB site. I’m not on FB, so, I can’t see this shop/site.

  25. Beautiful row. Very artistic!

  26. Campfires are such fun. YOu did a great job capturing the spirit of camping.

  27. I love your row! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Fabulous row! Very unique. Appreciate you sharing your talents with us!

  29. I love your row and the machine stitched binding is just right. When I can, I love to do it by hand, but more often than not now I am doing it by machine. I just did that flange binding on a quilt – reminds me I need to blog about it…. Happy rest of the week!

  30. I love being outdoors as well, and your row perfectly expresses it. Thanks so much for taking part in the Row-Along! I can’t imagine working full time and still trying to find time to quilt and blog about it!!! Congratulations on the great job!! Blessings!!

  31. Thank you for the lovely row. I now have the perfect excuse for the sparkling silver thread I could not resist buying last Tuesday at the sewing machine shop.

  32. Great row! Thanks!

  33. Love the view! Thank you 🙂

  34. Very pretty row. Looks like you put a lot of thought and work into it. Thanks

  35. I like this! There are places out west in the US that I could see a similar scene, and I love those places. The sparks rising from the fire are a wonderful touch. BTW, I see nothing wrong with machine binding, and I’m as traditional as they come. =) Thanks for the pattern for your beautiful row.

  36. Nice job with your row. I too like the flanged bindings…no hand stitching required! Thanks for taking the time to create and generously share!

  37. Great place to be! Campfire, clear sky, twinkling stars, solitude. What more could you ask for? Thanks for sharing.

  38. very interesting method of applique and the “flange” binding

  39. Beautiful row! I have to try that flanged binding one of these days. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Camping looks so relaxing! I can see why you chose it for your row. Beautiful fabric choices as well.

  41. Great row! Thanks for sharing.

  42. Lovely row! Thanks for sharing.

  43. Nice row. Thank you for sharing.

  44. I love your row, Vanda! Around a campfire is absolutely one of my happy places. Tying down with silver thread as stars is brilliant!!!!!

  45. My brother takes his kids camping, and I think he would love your row. I’m always looking for things to make for him, and I am thrilled to have found something that will be special for their family. Thank you.

  46. I love your row! It makes me want to sit around the campfire. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  47. I miss the campfires we had while camping with my kids. {especially the smores!} Thanks for sharing yours!

  48. Thank You for such a wonderful row.

  49. Love how you did the fire, smoke, moon, sky….can definitely feel the mood…so nice! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  50. I love campfires, Thank you

  51. Lovely row. I like that some of the designers decided to “go vertical”; it will make for an interesting wallhanging for a friend. Thank you for your work.

  52. I love a camp fire under the stars too! Awesome row. Thanks!

  53. Oh that is a lovely place to be happy. Thank you for the block.

  54. Great row! The campfire is perfect!

  55. Such a beautiful row, Vanda! It’s rich in color and in it!

  56. Beautiful! I especially like the binding.

  57. I love the great outdoors too. Nice row–very rich in colors.

  58. What a great row! Mountains and campfires. Could life get any better? Love the fabrics.

  59. Love your row by row pattern my favorite part is the campfire.

  60. I love going camping in the mountains. Just need a stick and some marshmallows to go with that fire.

  61. I love your machine stitched flanged binding–gotta give it a try!

  62. Lovely row–thanks for sharing! I especially like your machine finished binding with the flange!

  63. I love your row, and it is fantastic as a wall hanging. I tried out the flanged binding on a quilt that I finished this year; great technique, and so easy to do. Thanks for sharing!

  64. Beautiful row! Thanks for sharing!

  65. I love how this row turned out Vanda, the campfire seems a perfect fit for me as my hands are freezing cold at the moment. I’ve got my heat on, but it’s just not enough this morning for me… LOL So I want the warmth of a fire to get my hands nice and comfy warm. 🙂

    I’m glad you came along again with us this year. I love having you in the row along and hope you’ll be joining us for a 5th year. Hope you had a good trip, and Hugggs!!

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